After the events of Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness, I was left… well… hungry. Hungry and very excited to try and recreate pizza balls like America Chavez in that memorable scene with Bruce Campbell like Pizza Poppa.
I knew that the recipe for these amazing creations could and should exist throughout the multiverse. So, I consulted Darho – just kidding. The first thing I thought about was expediency. In addition, assumptions about the content had to be made.
The only thing set was the cheese and pepperoni outer coating, in fact my only struggle here was to work it all out. But reader, here’s where the fun gets!
Getting down to business, I decided that the best way is not to fill these balls too much. The fear is that the dough will not be completely baked or that the insides will not melt enough. I’ve made enough pizzas to give you an idea of the complexity.
With that said, here is my recipe for Pizza Poppa Pizza Balls as shown on Earth-838!
Time for preparing:
Pillsbury Grands! Big and Buttery Crescent Rolls – (1) 8 oz tube
Hormel’s Pepperoni Minis – (1) 5oz Pack
Mozzarella Block – (1) 8 oz block, balled or grated
Marinara Sauce – 16 oz can
Melted butter – 2 tbsp.
Italian seasoning – to taste
Grated Parmesan – Sprinkle 1 tbsp. l. just before serving.
- Preheat the oven to 375 while you prepare the pizza balls.
- Take the dough out of the jar. Roll out the dough, separate each part and roll out with your hands into a round shape. With each finished piece, place it in a frying pan lightly sprinkled with flour.
- Take a tiny spoonful of marinara and with the back of the spoon, apply it to the center surface. Aim for a very thin layer, then add some Italian seasoning on top of the sauce.
- Fill each piece of dough with a couple pinches of mozzarella and 3 slices of pepperoni. Wrap the dough around the cheese and pepperoni and form into a ball; pinching the dough to seal any edges. Place the seam on the pan. Putting them all in one cast iron skillet is the method I first tried, but a flat pizza pan should work just as well (I only recommend lining aluminum foil under the pizza balls to keep them from sticking).
- Leave about half an inch of space between the pizza balls so that they cook evenly over the entire surface.
- Using a brush or paper towel, apply a small amount of melted butter (2 minutes in a microwave-safe container covered with paper towel) to the exposed surfaces of the pizza balls. Pour the remaining oil into the skillet.
- Sprinkle some more Italian seasoning on the top layer and place in the oven.
- Leave in the oven for about 13 minutes, 375-400 F.
- While they cook, prepare more mozzarella sheets to drape each ball.
- Take the pizza balls out of the oven and let them rest for a minute. Take more marinara and brush or spread a little on each pizza ball. Then begin to cover each ball with mozzarella sheets and press some pepperoni into the cheese.
- Place the pizza balls back in the oven for another 3-5 minutes until the cheese starts to melt on the sides.
- Remove them, let stand 3-4 minutes and serve with a cup of marinara or ranch.
I took inspiration from these recipes and their adapted parts, so I decided to share them.
One of my favorite scenes in any Marvel movie is when Tobey Maguire Spiderman must deliver pizza and save time while traveling around New York. Fortunately, Sam Raimi gave us another stomach growling scene in Multiverse of Madness. As always, its inclusion Bruce Campbell had a funny cameo as Pizza Poppa, who always gets paid.
As we celebrate one of the best meals in the universe, our local comic book guide Vin tricked me into including a quick read guide for one of our hungriest heroes. Yes, Lucky the Pizza Dog.
Lucky the Pizza Dog Essentials Reading Guide
Hawkeye Volume 4 1-22, Annual 1
Brand New Hawkeye Volume 1 5
Brand New Hawkeye Volume 2 1-3
Hawkeye Volume 5 6-16
Lucky the Pizza Dog Infinity Comic Vol 1 1
Hawkeye: Kate Bishop Volume 1 1-5